GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's tennis team won three singles matches and two doubles contests Saturday in the second day of the 30th Annual Furman Fall Classic, being held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.
Senior Ansley Speaks defeated Gabriella Castaneda of Florida State, 6-3, 6-0, at flight one to open singles play. At flight six, senior Karlee Bryde downed Mississippi State's Caroline Kelly, 6-1, 6-2, and rookie Anna Walter came from behind to top Payton Robinette from Vanderbilt, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.
The Paladins won two out of three doubles matches, with Speaks and Weymouth teaming up to beat Anna Ulyashchenko and Kimmy Guerin of Wake Forest, 8-6, at flight one, and Bryde and Ferrett combining for an 8-3 victory versus Florida State's Daniela Schippers and Andrea Garcia at flight three.
"Today was another awesome day of tennis from our girls," said Paladin head coach Adam Herendeen, who is in his second season at the helm of the Furman program. "We started the day with strong doubles play from all three pairs and finished with some highly competitive singles. The only matches that we lost all day went down to the wire and provided our girls with some great experience. We learned a lot of good things about our team today, and I am excited to see how we finish tomorrow!"
Six teams competing in the tournament were ranked in the top 63 in the 2016 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings: North Carolina (4th), Vanderbilt (5th), Mississippi State (23rd), Wake Forest (29th), Clemson (35th), and Florida State (63rd). The eight-team field, which also features Tennessee and Furman, includes 12 singles players and six doubles teams ranked in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings.
The tournament will conclude with one round of singles play beginning at 9 a.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
F1 Speaks/Weymouth (FU) def. Ulyashchenko/Guerin (WF), 8-6
F2 Ruiz/Gorches (CU) def. Kozarov/Vines (FU), 8-7(5)
F3 Bryde/Ferrett (FU) def. Schippers/Garcia (FSU), 8-3
F1 Ansley Speaks (FU) def. Gabriella Castaneda (FSU), 6-3, 6-0
F2 Madison Harrison (MSU) def. Katty Weymouth (FU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
F3 Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Katarina Kozarov (FU), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
F4 Rachael James-Bkaer (UNC) def. Danni Vines (FU), 0-6, 6-4, 7-5
F6 Karlee Bryde (FU) def. Caroline Kelly (MSU), 6-1, 6-2
F6 Jenny Moinard (CU) def. Hannah Ferrett (FU), 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
F6 Anna Walter (FU) def. Payton Robinette (VU), 1-6, 6-1, 6-2